145,000 SF Office Building Proposed for False Creek Flats Site

Porte Communities and Reliance Properties have applied to rezone a 48,072 SF site in the False Creek Flats area for a new office building.

The plan for the site at 339 East 1st Avenue, adjacent the Red Truck Brewery, is to rezone from the current I-3 zoning to allow development of a 6-storey office building. The proposal includes:

  • general office space on floors 2-6;
  • ground floor retail;
  • a total floor area of 144,216 SF;
  • a total density of 3.0 FSR;
  • a building height of 100 ft; and
  • two levels of underground parking accessed from E 1st Avenue, with 275 vehicle parking spaces, 46 bicycle parking stalls and six loading spaces.

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The I3 zoning schedule permits the density and built form being proposed, but restricts uses, so the rezoning is required to allow general office use.

The rezoning application describes the design rationale: “On the roof tops are amenity spaces to provide the building occupants with an easily accessible green space. This is in addition to the landscaped areas fronting Brewery Creek. The building facade colour is meant to invoke both typical rail engine colour schemes as well as colours of autumn. Distributions in glazing on the facade are meant to create a horizontal movement along the building exterior as well as solar heat gain control due to its 50:50 ratio. On the South and West elevations of the building, there are also diagonal solar shading devices which serve not only for sun control but as distinctive design elements.”

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

The full rezoning application can be viewed here:  http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/339e1st/index.htm 

SOLD: 1166 West Pender Street, Vancouver

I am pleased to announce the sale of 1166 West Pender Street, a 140,000 SF office building located in Downtown Vancouver.  This off-market transaction closed earlier this month.

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The 15-storey building was built in the early 1970’s and is located on an 18,700 SF site that may permit a higher density and height in the future.

Transaction details:

Buyer: Reliance Properties

Seller: Triovest Realty Advisors, on behalf of Greystone

Please contact me for further information regarding this sale.

Beatty Street Building Sells in $10MM Deal

An older 2-storey downtown building has sold in a $9,880,000 deal to Reliance Properties. Beatty Place, located at 837 Beatty Street between Robson and Smithe Streets, is a somewhat non-descript 15,000 SF building that most locals would know from the ticket broker on the bottom floor, or more recently the Bar Method, which is located on the second floor. The building is located on a 6,990 SF site. The building was sold by TPMG Capital.

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There is no word yet on any renovation or redevelopment plans for the building. The zoning for the property is DD-C3, which permits a density of 5.0 FSR. Non-residential uses must not be less than 2.0 FSR.

The acquisition is just three blocks South of Reliance’s award-winning redevelopment of 564 Beatty Street, which saw redevelopment for office space above an older brick and beam heritage building.

Burrard Gateway: Revised Rezoning Application Submitted

After nearly 4 years on the drawing board, the partnership of Reliance Properties and Jim Pattison Developments have submitted a revised rezoning application in an effort to move the Burrard Gateway project forward.

Burrard Gateway 1The property, located at Burrard and Drake, is currently used as the Jim Pattison Downtown Toyota Dealership, with two small old house structures (non-heritage) and two small commercial buildings, one of which is currently housing a Scion Dealership. It was also reported in BIV this week that Reliance has secured the 7-11 site at the corner of Hornby and Davie, where it is expected a tower in the range of 28 storeys will become the 4th tower in the project.

The current plan calls for the following:

    • along Hornby Street, a 54-storey tower and a 36-storey tower, with a 7-storey podium, providing retail, office and residential uses, including rental housing;
    • along Burrard Street, a 14-storey office tower, including a 3-storey automotive dealership
    • an increase in the total number of residential dwelling units, from 619 units to 810 units;
    • a proposed density of 13.3 FSR (up from 11.8 in the previous proposal)
    • a maximum height of 525.7 ft.

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